Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge of the Day: Revenge of the GLOCK Edition

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Franklin County couple injured after woman’s Glock goes off in purse roanoke.com announces. See? We told you off-body carry was a no-no. That’s doubly true when a GLOCK has jealousy issues. “Lt. Phillip Young said the woman’s Glock went off while the couple sat in a vehicle outside a residence in the 1400 block of Virgil H. Goode Highway in Bassett about 3:30 p.m. The man, who was in the driver’s seat, put a drink can in the woman’s purse before putting his hand on her leg.” Ba-BAM! The bullet got them both . . .

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3D Printed Škorpion vz. 61

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The Skorpion vz. 61 is one of my favorite firearms of all time. The gun is an absolute pleasure to shoot, but alas there aren’t many semi-auto versions available for those of us without tons of cash to spend on buying and licensing a full-auto gun. Thankfully, with the advent of 3D printing, we no longer need to re-engineer and mill our own lower receiver for the gun — we just need to download the appropriate files and print one out ourselves! That’s just what someone has done to the old vz. 61, and the option is now available for anyone who wants it. Make the jump for the test fire . . .

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Deep in the Heart of Texas: TTAG Tours STI

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I love a machine shop, I love guns, and I love me some Texas. So it was a lot of fun for me to visit STI, the manufacturer of exceptional 1911 and 2011 pistols in Georgetown, Texas. I’ve reviewed STI’s guns quite a bit here, although not formally. My recent post on everyday carry reliability was written after firing 2,000 rounds without lube and without cleaning through my daily carry pistol, an STI Duty One 4.0. It didn’t hiccup a bit, and still shot better groups than I could. STI prides themselves on making guns that run right, right out of the box. That has certainly been my experience, and why I carry one . . .

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A Lifetime of Luger-Mania

By Joel Kolander [via rockislandauction.blogspot.com]

Rock Island Auction Company has been extremely privileged during our last few Premiere auctions to host the Gene Smith Military Collection. Mr. Smith’s massive, encyclopedic grouping of German military arms has been featured in our sales since mid-2014, bringing high condition, rare, historic, and significant German firearms to the collecting community who can’t snatch them up quickly enough . . .

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SHOT Show 2015: Whitney Wolverine by Olympic Arms

Although I’ve never seen or held one, I’ve always had an affinity for the [now] retro-futuristic, Art Deco looks of the original, 1950’s Whitney Wolverine. It was pretty good looking with the blued finish, but particularly amazing in the relatively rare nickel chrome. For the last decade, Olympic Arms has manufactured a modern remake of the Wolverine that’s pretty faithful to the original design but for one large change; it’s polymer instead of aluminum. Although the gloss of the finishes is lost in the polymer versions, and the feel in the hand is obviously going to be different . . .

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Defense Distributed Offers $15k Bounty for Carbon Fiber 3D Printer

You’ll no doubt remember Cody Wilson as the “inventor” of the world’s first plastic 3D printed gun. To take his process to the next level, Cody’s company Defense Distributed pre-ordered an $8k carbon fiber 3D printer from MarkForged. wired.com reports that the Massachusetts manufacturer’s bailed on Defense Distributed’s order of their Mark One printer. “In a statement to WIRED, MarkForged cited terms of service that “limit experimentation with ordnance to the United States Government and its authorized contractors.” Yes, well, that wasn’t on their terms of service. Anyway, MarkForged also said . . .

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Army Refuses to Reconsider Beretta’s M9A3

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Matt Cox over at Military Times’ KitUp blog apparently has the inside scoop on Beretta’s attempt to get the Army to choose their new M9A3 handgun as the service pistol of the future. Like a last-ditch promise to your girlfriend that stinks of desperation, Beretta’s proposed new handgun has been rejected outright and the breakup between the star-crossed lovers now appears all but official. For those who aren’t in the know about the current state of affairs in military handguns, let me bring you up to speed . . .

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Gun Review: Dan Wesson 715 .357 Revolver

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We would all be lucky to have a reputation as stellar as Dan Wesson revolvers do. Unfortunately, hope as gun owners did, DW didn’t manufacture any for many years. Except for only a few special runs, newly-manufactured Dan Wesson revolvers have been as rare as a unicorn since about 1998. And, I believe, altogether non-existent since about 2005. Thankfully CZ-USA, which has owned DW for a decade now, has decided to expand its product line and get back into the wheel gun game. The first revolver out of the gate is. . .

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Napoleonic Imitation or Concealed Carry?

Many historians have speculated have about the classic hand in the jacket pose for Civil War photographs. The most likely theory: the subjects were mimicking Napoleon’s trademark pose, immortalized in Jacques-Louis David’s famous portrait Napoleon in his Study. Where’d that come from? According to napoleon-series-org, “in 1738, Francois Nivelon published A Book Of Genteel Behavior describing the ‘hand-in-waistcoat’ posture as signifying ‘manly boldness tempered with modesty.'” So where did the French get it? One theory . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge of the Day: 4-Year-Old Shot By Falling .357 [Not Shown] Edition

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“[Alaska State] Troopers say the family was leaving a pickup when the woman’s .357-caliber handgun fell out of its holster, struck the pavement on its hammer and fired,” cbsnews.com reports. “The shot hit the 4-year-old just above the knee. The bullet went through the boy’s leg and lodged in a building.” Holy caliber wars Batman! I’m surprised there’s much leg left. I’m also highly skeptical . . .

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New From Beretta: APX Striker-Fired Modular Pistol – Is This The Army’s New Sidearm?

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“‘Beretta unveiled its first striker-fired pistol at the IDEX 2015 show in Abu Dhabi, saying it incorporates the latest developments in tactical handguns and will have an ‘aggressive price vs performance ratio’. The APX is currently in the pre-series testing phase and the company aims to complete full qualification early in the second quarter of 2015.” So reports janes.com from the Middle East. At first blush, the new wundergun sounds like Beretta’s answer to the SIG P320 . . .

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